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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Management of Diabetic Feet.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Diabetes mellitus is a chronic medical condition affecting many individuals worldwide and leads to billions of dollars spent within the healthcare system for its treatment and complications. Complications from diabetes include diabetic foot conditions that can have a devasting impact on quality of life. Diabetic foot ulcers and amputations occur in minority individuals at an increased rate compared to Caucasian individuals. This review provides an update examining the racial and ethnic disparities in the management of diabetic foot conditions and the differences in rates of amputation.

RECENT FINDINGS: Current research continues to show a disparity as it relates to diabetic foot management. There are novel treatment options for diabetic foot ulcers that are currently being explored. However, there continues to be a lack in racial diversity in new treatment studies conducted in the USA. Individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups have diabetes at higher rates compared to Caucasian individuals, and are also more likely to develop diabetic foot ulcers and receive amputations. Over the last few years, more efforts have been made to improve health disparities. However, there needs to be an improvement in increasing racial diversity when investigating new therapies for diabetic foot ulcers.

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